I lay in bed tossing and turning thinking about the importance of today. How was I going to honor our country’s military on this Veterans Day 2013?
Veterans Day For Young Children
When the boys were younger we would enjoy the BBC’s very complete Primary History’s page about World War II. You will find photos, videos, sounds, writings, and activities that will keep the kids interested for long periods of time and educate them all at once. There’s even an interactive timeline and a page about the Holocaust. Oh, and there’s a uh, quiz to make sure the kids did learn something.
Veterans Day For Teens
But they are older now and that may not be as interesting. Perhaps I will read this article to them about how men survived in the prison camps and what life was like once they returned to the states after the war. In the header is a great video so don’t miss that!
The boys have always loved history when it includes information about the weapons of war. One summer Logan watched every single History Channel “Dogfights” show. There’s even a game he played that made you feel like you were a fighter pilot.
I remembered how my foster-mother would celebrate today. She would buy a bouquet of red carnations and place them on the dining room table. It helped her to remember her brother, Bud. He had been shot down over Germany just days after the treaty to end the war was signed. Germany was so destroyed that there wasn’t a great way to tell everybody in the country that the war was indeed over. I think there was also some feeling that they were trying to take down every single last enemy before the Allied troops got to them. This was a loss she felt deeply and this day made her feel it even more.
There isn’t a place to lay a wreath for him because his body was never found. To honor him, and all our fallen soldiers we will go down to the cemetery and pay our respects. While Arlington National Cemetery is the most well known military cemetery there are local ones in every state. Many of them will be holding a ceremony to honor the fallen dead. The folks here in SoCal went and placed flags, over 200,000, on the graves of veterans.
Veterans Day Every Day
However you choose to honor our military who are currently serving, too! A program called “Packages from Home: Supporting Our Troops” sends over a thousand care packages to our service men and women.
You can donate money so they can purchase the items and ship them off. They also love getting letters and cards to send along with the packages.
What a great way for your child to learn how to write and show caring at the same time!
Another way we like to celebrate is to simply walk up to a soldier and say, “Thank you for serving our country!” Try it, they will appreciate it.